Week 2 College Football Opening Odds Analysis
The 2020 “official” college football season kicked off last week, but this week features a handful of Top 25 teams in action along with conference play starting up in the ACC. Let’s look at three enticing matchups that we like — with all odds being brought to you by our friends at Fan Duel.
Clemson Tigers (-32.5) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Since the beginning of the 2018 season, the Clemson Tigers have the No. 1 win percentage in all of college football in terms of covering the spread, while Wake Forest has been one of the worst against the spread (ATS) teams, ranking 109th out of 130 teams.
The Tigers have beaten the Demon Deacons by a combined score of 115-6 the past two years. Further, Clemson returns back-to-back ACC player of the year, Travis Etienne, who ran for 125 yards and a touchdown the last time these two teams met.
They also have the presumptive number one pick in next year’s NFL draft in quarterback Trevor Lawrence who is poised to have a monster season.
Without fans in the stands, the home field will lose some of its advantages, so expect Clemson to win big and cover the large spread.
Duke Blue Devils (+19.5) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
It will be very strange to see the ACC logo on Notre Dame’s field when the Blue Devils and Fighting Irish take the field for the first time in 2020. The Fighting Irish return third-year starting quarterback Ian Book who is poised to have a huge year while leading Notre Dame to compete for the ACC title.
Opposite of Book will be a former four-star recruit, Chase Brice as the starting quarterback. Brice, in mop-up duty in the past two years at Clemson, completed 60% of his passes while throwing for over 1,000 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.
Since 2004, Duke ranks 10th in win percentage in regard to covering the spread. Expect Brice to have a good game and keep the Blue Devils within range of the 19.5-point spread.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at Kansas Jayhawks (-7.5)
Les Miles and boys will be looking for revenge after the Chanticleers came into Lawrence and upset the Jayhawks 12-7 in the second game of the season last year. I doubt some of the Jayhawk players forget that Coastal Carolina players were hitting a Jayhawk shaped pinata in the locker room after the win.
In year-two, Les Miles is starting to establish his system and get some of his guys in places to be set up for success. Offensive Coordinator Brent Dearmon got a full offseason to work with his guys, and you can expect the offensive to revolve around talented running back, Pooka Williams Jr.
The former four-star recruit out of New Orleans has rushed for over 1,000 yards in both seasons at Kansas. Expect Kansas to lean heavily on Pooka against Coastal Carolina. He should have a monster game this Saturday with over 100 yards and two touchdowns while leading Kansas to a win and a cover to kick off the season.